The Region-based Shared Ethics Advisory Commission invited candidates for countywide offices in Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties to sign its Candidate Ethics Action Pledge heading into Tuesday Indiana primary.
Candidates who signed the pledge committed to supporting ethics training for employees reporting to them should they be successful in the May primary and November general election.
Commission President Dan Klein said, “We are pleased that almost 170 candidates in our three county area have formally committed to ethics training for public employees.” Pledge project chairman Cal Bellamy noted, “In every local election since 2014, the commission has invited candidates to sign the pledge and then to follow through on that commitment. This year, we also asked the Democratic and Republican chairs for our three counties to encourage their candidates to sign.”
Klein added, “We will be back in the Fall asking all nominated candidates to either confirm their primary pledge or to take the pledge before the November election.”
Currently, there are 24 member communities: Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties; Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary, Hobart, Lake Station, Portage, Valparaiso, Whiting, Burns Harbor, Cedar Lake, Chesterton, Dyer, Hebron, Highland, Lowell, Merrillville, Munster, Ogden Dunes, St. John, Schererville and Westville.
The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission is an all-volunteer group of communities and government officials willing to commit to training their employees on ethical decision-making.
The following 2018 primary candidates signed the ethics pledge:
Democrat Bernard Carter.
Democrats Lorenzo Arredondo, Andrew Sylwestrowicz.
Democrats John Petalas, Carl Weatherspoon.
Democrats Greta Heard, Peggy Holinga-Katona.
Democrats Michael Brown, Wally Derose, Betty Dominguez, David Dowling, Richard Ligon, Oscar Martinez, Maria Trajkovich.
Democrat Jerome Prince.
Commissioner District 1:
Democrat Kyle Allen.
District 1: Democrat David Hamm.
District 2: Democrats Elsie Franklin, Jeremy Yancey.
District 3: Democrats Melissa Borom, Charlie Brown, Ronier Scott, Leonard White.
District 4: Republican Daniel Dernulc.
District 5: Democrat Christine Cid.
District 6: Democrat Ted Bilski.
District 7: Republicans Christian Jorgensen, Eldon Strong.
Assessor: Democrat Jacquelyn Collins.
Trustee: Democrat Kimberly Robinson.
Board: Democrats MaryAnn Canty-Reedus, Linda Collins-Brown, Mary Felton, Jacqueline Holms.
Board: Republican Dan Blankenship.
Trustee: Democrat Cindy Olson; Republican Paul Bremer.
Board: Democrat Katherine Hadow; Republicans William Babjak, Todd Cliborne, Anthony Pampalone.
Trustee: Democrat James Hunley; Republican Kevin Toth.
Board: Democrat Diane Jostes; Republican Maralynn Echterling.
Assessor: Democrats Randall Guernsey, Allen Price.
Trustee: Democrats Michael Ellis, Thomas Silich.
Board: Democrats Joe Clemmons, Mike Hannigan, Sue Pelfrey; Republican Ken Wyrick.
Trustee: Democrat Frank J. Mrvan.
Board: Democrats Edwardo Banda, Jovanka Ivetic, Peter Katic, Richard Novak, Lisa Salinas-Matonovich, John Salzeider.
Assessor: Democrat Angela Guernsey.
Trustee: Democrat Chrissy Barron.
Board: Democrat Janice Orlich.
St. John Township
Assessor: Republican Deborah Walters.
Trustee: Democrat George Baranowski; Republican Cathy Lareau.
Board: Democrats Fred Koegel, Frances DuPey, John Walter; Republican Daniel Langmesser.
West Creek Township
Trustee: Republican Heidi Laub.
Trustee: Republican Paulette Skinner.
Board: Republicans Linda Eisenhauer, Sherry Gasparovic.
Ward 1: Democrat Steve Hyatte; Republican Robert Carnahan.
Ward 3: Republican Julie Rivera.
Ward 5: Republican Randy Niemeyer.
Ward 2: Democrat Eric Shultz; Republican Joe Renz.
Ward 4: Democrat Kim Mettache; Republican Mary Tanis.
Ward 5: Democrat Steven Kramer; Republican Debbie Astor.
Ward 4: Republican Chris Salatas.
Ward 2: Republican Kevin Connelly.
Ward 4: Democrat Tom Schmitt.
Ward 3: Democrat Nicholas Georgiou; Republican Gerald Swets.
Democrat Michael Shultz.
Republican John T. Boyd.
Commissioner District 1:
Democrats David L. Decker, Sheila Brillson; Republicans Richard J. Mroziaski, Connie Gramarossa.
District 1: Republican Justin Kiel.
District 2: Democrat Randy Novak; Republican Jim Rice.
District 4: Republicans Cary Kirkham, Michael Rosenbaum.
Board: Democrat James Irwin; Republican Tricia Rosenbaum.
Trustee: Republican Lisa Pierzakowski.
Board: Democrat Scott Ford; Republicans Amy Burris, Donna Weist.
Board: Democrat Lasquilla Cooper.
Board: Democrat Charles Kim Sauers.
Trustee: Republican Steve Lestinsky Jr.
Trustee: Republican Keith Harris.
Assessor: Democrats Scott Bell, Steven Pawlak.
Board: Democrats Kay Blash-Jones, Melody Farmer, Clarence Finnie, Rosada Gardner, Susan Webster.
New Durham Township
Board: Republican Warren Smith.
Board: Republican Susan McLain.
Board: Republican Paul Lindeman.
Board: Democrat Matthew Sikorski; Republican Daniel Kilgore.
Trustee: Democrat Sherry Morris.
Board: Democrats Evelyn Ballinger, Pati James; Republican Cassie Lipscomb.
Board: Democrat David Conley.
Republican Brian Gensel.
Democrat Jessica Bailey; Republican Jon Miller.
Democrat Vicki Urbanik.
Democrat Lily Schaefer; Republican Chuck Harris.
Democrat David Reynolds.
Democrat Randall Wilkening; Republicans Thomas Ampeliotis, Cyndi Dykes.
Commissioner District 1:
Democrat Donna Perdue; Republican Jeff Good.
District 1: Democrat Robert Poparad; Republicans Andy Bozak, Emerson DeLaney.
District 3: Republican Mark Hoffman.
District 4: Republican Mike Jessen.
Trustee: Republican Howard O'Connor.
Board: Republican Daniel Roeski.
Trustee: Democrat Jesse Harper.
Board: Democrats Ben Blohn, Debra Fray; Republican Mark Ribordy.
Trustee: Republicans Beth Underwood, Matt Keiser.
Board: Republicans Jacquelyn Sterling, Terry Dunn.
Board: Democrat Joseph Wagner; Republicans Daniel Timm, Tom Carlson.
Board: Republicans Fred Martin, David Overholt.
Trustee: Democrat Brendan Clancy.
Assessor: Democrat Alta Neri.
Board: Democrat Billy Coker; Republicans Antonio Gutierrez, Joyce Webster.
Trustee: Republican George Topoll.
Board: Republican Stan Major.
Trustee: Republican Lynn Ross.
Board: Republicans Jean Martin, Andrew Funk, J. Ryan Anderson.
Council 4th: Republican Timothy Jones.